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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJune 14, 20187min4700

Having seen Jared Polis’s misleading campaign ad attacking Cary Kennedy for the umpteenth time, I am sharing some direct insight about his claim that he “led” the effort to increase funding for every school in Colorado – and from where the actual leadership came.  I was the campaign manager for that effort – Amendment 23.  Cary Kennedy conceived the amendment, wrote it and led the effort to explain it, debate it and advocate for it.  Working with a crew of tenacious women, they fought for and won the Amendment 23 election.  Cary’s ability as citizen leader was clear:  She identified a problem, identified a solution and built momentum to fix it.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackMay 29, 20186min586

Readers of a certain age will recall that in 1976, then California Governor Ronald Reagan did what many in politics thought was both foolish and disloyal – he ran a campaign for president against the sitting Republican, Gerald Ford. It was a bitter battle, with acrimony and insults all around. Many political thinkers believe that Mr. Reagan’s challenge cost Mr. Ford victory, and put Jimmy Carter in the White House. Mr. Reagan made it there a short four years later, so for him, it worked out, I guess. But I ask that you recall another figure from that time, Pennsylvania Senator Richard Schweiker.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirSeptember 28, 20172min874

Ellen Golombek will be leaving her role as executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment at the end of October, the office of Gov. John Hickenlooper announced. The office issued a statement from Hickenlooper today crediting Golombek with having “transformed” the labor department since taking the helm in 2011. The statement said she will “pursue an opportunity with a national workforce advocacy agency.”

Hick praised Golombek at length:

“She brought together coalitions to advance workforce solutions, led regulatory reforms on behalf of business and created a culture of engagement and accountability within CDLE. She will be missed.”

According to the press release, Golombek implement a number of reforms during her tenure, including leading a 2012 effort to issue $625 million in unemployment compensation bonds so that the unemployment insurance trust fund would be solvent. That move turned off the solvency surcharge that had been assessed against Colorado businesses since 2004 and eliminated the interest payments on money borrowed from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits.

She has a long history in organized labor. She previously served 10 years as president of the Colorado AFL-CIO and before that worked with the Service Employees International Union. She was also National Political and Field Director for Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 7, 20175min223
Who owns embryos after a divorce? The answer isn’t simple. Sometime in the next year, the Colorado Supreme Court is taking up the first-ever challenge to a long-standing state law that keeps embryos from being implanted once a couple is divorced. Mandy and Drake Rooks have three children, the result of in-vitro fertilization. Mandy Rooks […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningAugust 25, 201710min1380

The gloves are off and the fur is flying in the Republican primary for Colorado's next state treasurer. In a series of emails sent to state GOP activists and donors Thursday, state Rep. Polly Lawrence accused her fellow state treasurer candidate state Rep. Justin Everett and his allies — "his minions" was the phrase she used — of spreading lies and mounting "traitorous attacks" on her, while an independent expenditure committee backing Everett blasted Lawrence for "lying to get re-elected, only to conspire with liberals and vote like Democrats."